Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
ADD / ADHD
Dr. Alexander Alvarado is a Psychologist in Midtown East, NY specializing in phobias, peak performance, anxiety, ADHD, mindfulness, and depression. He especially enjoys supporting busy New Yorker professionals with high-stress careers, and teaching them ways in which to manage the pressure in a healthy way.
Dr. Alvarado's unique expertise is in helping clients overcome phobias through virtual reality (VR) and neurofeedback training. VR immerses clients in a virtual environment with the feared stimulus to challenge their existing thoughts and behaviors. With the latest recording equipment, Dr. Alvarado is able to create a VR video of clients' feared situations, whether it be of a bridge, plane, or subway, and help them address those phobias. Dr. Alvarado also utilizes EEG biofeedback to help clients learn how to regulate their own brain without the use of medication. Neurofeedback has shown to be successful for numerous disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and autism.
Dr. Alvarado is also passionate about peak performance coaching. He is dedicated to optimizing clients’ performance whether it be related to sports, academics, or work. Like with phobias, Dr. Alvarado uses an approach combining cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and biofeedback to help clients reach their goals.
Dr. Alvarado's office is conveniently located within walking distance from Grand Central station. He works with teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults.
Phobias – Managing a fear or aversion to certain things or experiences
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Peak performance – Addressing early experiences, family of origin challenges, or current obstacles that hinder us from reaching optimal performance
Mindfulness – Developing self-acceptance, compassion, and awareness of both the self and environment to cope with daily life
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Dr. Alvarado is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial/ongoing sessions: $250/session (45min)
Therapist's note: Dr. Alvarado can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"Feeling down and anxious can interfere with our ability to think logically and act rationally. This becomes a problem when we try to be productive in work, in relationships, and all around in our everyday lives. Often, it's difficult for many people to even realize when emotions are clouding their judgment. This is why it is extremely beneficial to find a therapist you feel comfortable with who can give unbiased, non-judgmental feedback of your everyday life."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Broward General Hospital, 2015 - 2016
Miami Dade Police Department Psych Services, 2014 - 2015
House of Hope, 2013 - 2014
Nova Southeastern University, PsyD, 2016
Nova Southeastern University, MS, 2013
College of Charleston, BS, 2011